Re: RE: James Clark: XML versus the Web
On Dec 2, 2010, at 11:53 PM, James Clark wrote: > On Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 4:11 PM, Michael Kay <email@example.com> wrote: > > Namespaces are bad because they were done hastily without taking time to >> consider the consequences (or rather, without listening to the many people >> who were pointing out the consequences). They were a cheap hack, implemented >> at the wrong layer of the architecture, and without thinking carefully about >> the data model. >> > > I agree it was done rather hastily, but at the time (as far as I remember) > there weren't many objections. It was not obvious how much pain they would > cause. Hmmm. I can remember some very *strenuous* objections, most of which boiled down to that they were neither sufficient *or* necessary, and that they would complicate things. My memory is that they were a pet project and essentially forced on everyone, despite protestations.
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